Federal judge halts ban on ACORN funding
by desmoinesdem, Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 03:54:21 PM EST
A federal judge today issued an injunction preventing the implementation of a congressional ban on funding for ACORN.
Judge Nina Gershon concluded that the ban amounted to a "bill of attainder" that unfairly singled out ACORN.
"[The plaintiffs] have been singled out by Congress for punishment that directly and immediately affects their ability to continue to obtain federal funding, in the absence of any judicial, or even administrative, process of adjudicating guilt," Gershon wrote in her decision.
Gershon said ACORN had demonstrated "irreperable harm" from the ban, while "the potential harm to the government, in granting the injunction, is less.
Conservative heads are exploding.
Speaking of ACORN, Editor & Publisher recently published an outstanding piece by Christopher R. Martin and Peter Dreier on the media's "false framing" of ACORN.
I was very sorry to read this week that Editor & Publisher is shutting down after more than 100 years in business.
Update [2009-12-11 21:44:2 by desmoinesdem]: The Center for Constitutional Rights hailed the ruling, and you can download a pdf file containing the judge's ruling at that site (hat tip Steve M).
Update [2009-12-11 21:59:33 by desmoinesdem]: Here's the roll call showing which 75 House Democrats had the courage to vote against this unconstitutional bill.